Visit the New Technabob Shop!Get Technabob in Your Mailbox Every Day! Join our Mailing List!
Awesomer Media Sites: THE AWESOMER | MIGHTYMEGA | 95OCTANE
subscribe to our rss feedsubscribe via e-mailfollow technabob on twittertechnabob facebook fan pageGoogle+follow us in feedly
Follow Us:

NASA Studying Ground Laser for Orbital Clean Up

by

NASA is tired of all that space junk that’s orbiting our planet. The myriad of broken satellites and other junk orbiting poses a hazard to functioning satellites that are in orbit. A tiny little chunk of anything traveling at orbital speeds is enough to destroy a satellite and possibly harm any spacecraft or astronauts that are in the way.

NASA scientists are now conducting a study that Dr. Evil would approve of. They’re looking at the possibility of using a ground-based laser to clean up the debris. The space agency says that about 60% of the junk orbiting the Earth right now that threatens satellites like the ESA Earth observing satellite can be traced back to the Chinese military test of an anti-satellite weapon and the collision between the Iridium 33 and Cosmos 2251 satellites.

They would use a medium-powered (5kW) laser on Earth to track and then fire at the orbiting debris. The laser wouldn’t burn the debris up itself or attempt to directly destroy it. However, the scientists reckon the laser will slow the down the debris’ orbit enough so that it will fall back into the atmosphere and burn up before hitting the ground. The system may even be able to maneuver satellites from the ground with the satellite needing no propulsion of its own.

[via TechnologyReview]





Comments (1):

  1. Theron G says:

    Am I the only one that finds this just a bit scary, that NASA xcant find this thing.
    http://theronatwork.blogspot.com/2011/09/bad-satellite.html

Post a Comment:

Want a personal avatar on your comments? Sign up for a free Gravatar now!

Note: All comments with links in them will be held for moderation in order to prevent spam, so you may not see your post appear immediately.


« Previous
Next »

Our Latest & Greatest Posts...

Review: Dell XPS 13 (QHD+ 2015 Model)

Review: Dell XPS 13 (QHD+ 2015 Model)

Clover Wallet is Perfect for Front Pocket Minimalists

Clover Wallet is Perfect for Front Pocket Minimalists

This Guy Got a Tattoo of \"The Dress\"

This Guy Got a Tattoo of "The Dress"

DIY LEGO Forage Harvester: Farming Simulator Simulator

DIY LEGO Forage Harvester: Farming Simulator Simulator

Taco Bell Selling Deep-Fried Cap\

Taco Bell Selling Deep-Fried Cap'n Crunch Balls

Win Prizes in the Technabob Shop

More from Awesomer Media...

The Awesomer Logo MightyMega Logo 95octane Logo